Classic 60’s Garage Rock hit “Hang On Sloopy” by The McCoys reaches No.1 in 1965

The song met many versions but The McCoys one still stands

Classic 60’s Garage Rock hit “Hang On Sloopy” by The McCoys reaches No.1 in 1965

First recorded as “My Girl Sloopy” by Los Angeles band The Vibrations, the song became a local hit in the Pacific Northwest in a cover version by James Henry & The Olympics but it was quickly eclipsed in August when the Indiana pop group The McCoys released their iconic retitled version. “Hang On Sloopy” which reached No.1 on the Hot 100 in October 2nd, 1965. The song is one of the prime examples of 60’s Garage Rock and The McCoys version became one of the most covered ones during the 1960’s by Garage Rock bands worldwide and by the British Invasion bands, such as The Yardbirds. Now for a little bit of history behind the song, officially written by Wes Farrell and Bert Berns in 1964 as “My Girl Sloopy”, according to Rick Derringer, the original version was written by a “high school kid in St. Louis” and sold to Bert Russell, a.k.a. Bert Berns.If true, the answer to the age old question “Just who is Sloopy?” lies with him. Dorothy Sloop, a jazz singer from Steubenville and a student at Ohio University, is said to be the inspiration for the song. Whatever the truth may be behind the song, it’s unquestionable the influence that it had on Rock music during the 1960’s.

Watch The McCoys performing “Hang On Sloopy” in 1965

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